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Posted: July 16, 2014

GOP candidate mistakes YMCA campers for migrant children


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By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Arizona state legislator and Republican congressional candidate Adam Kwasman was caught making a gaffe on Twitter while attending a migrant protest in Oracle.

On Tuesday, migrant children from Central America were expected to be bussed into Oracle, and taken to a local shelter.

According to this report, Kwasman tweeted from the scene: “Bus coming in. This is not compassion. This is the abrogation of the rule of law." He posted the tweet along with an image of a yellow school bus. 

He later told a reporter that he saw “fear” on the faces of the migrant children on the bus. “This is not compassion,” Kwasman said during the interview.

There was only one problem. The children on the school bus were not migrants, but local residents headed to a YMCA summer camp. Reporters on the scene claim the children on the school bus were laughing and taking pictures of the protest. 

While Kwasman did admit his mistake when confronted by a reporter, he claimed the local children looked scared too.

Kwasman is a Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives. He is running in the 1st Congressional District GOP primary.

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